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The latest update as of May 13, 2005

The Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series starts the Northwest Division Six season this morning at Mission Raceway Park. Despite some rather marginal weather forecasts, the pits are full of eager competitors and a weekend of new records, awesome performances and just plain old great drag races could be in the cards. Here's the official preview courtesy of our good friend Gerry Frechette.

Lordco B.C. Nationals Drag Races Roll Into Mission Raceway

It's the time of year that every drag racing fan waits for, when the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series returns to town. It's the Lordco B.C. Nationals at Mission Raceway Park this Friday to Sunday, and the biggest NHRA drag race in Canada, also the biggest motorsport event in B.C., will have something for every fan of the world's fastest form of racing.

Topping the list are the awesome Top Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars, 4,000-horsepower monsters that run the quarter mile in 5 seconds at over 260 mph! Over two dozen of these cars are entered, each looking for a spot in their respective 8-car fields.

Canadian drivers should figure prominently, with a few entered in each type of car. Mission's Paul Julien will be looking to upset some of the top American dragsters, while Tim Nemeth's new funny car from Chilliwack is a top-notch ride that should contend, too.

The action will be non-stop at the Lordco B.C. Nationals, and when the dragsters and funny cars take a break, hundreds of the best sportsman racers in B.C. will take on the invaders from Alberta and the West Coast of the U.S. in several different eliminator categories, vying for their share of the nearly $140,000 US in cash and contingency awards posted.

One of those categories is the wild, wheelstanding muscle cars of Super Stock Eliminator, and as an added bonus, a race-within-a-race called the West Coast Hemi Shootout will see the baddest of them all, the Chrysler Hemi-powered Barracudas and Darts, in 150-mph combat on the ultra-quick Mission quarter-mile. Over a dozen of these entertaining cars are expected at Mission.

It's three days packed with racing action, starting each morning, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 9:00 am. The feature Alcohol Dragsters and Funny Cars have qualifying sessions at 5:00 pm Friday, and noon and 4:00 pm Saturday, and their first round of eliminations goes Sunday at noon.

Friday's admission of just $10.00 includes pit pass, while Saturday and Sunday admission is $20.00 each day, plus $5.00 for pit pass. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. Mission Raceway Park is located on Highway 11 between the Mission Bridge and the Lougheed Highway.

More news on this page late this evening, as we won't be packing the laptop to the track today. As always: stay tuned.

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